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Starting in June 2020, I'm going to have a regular poetry slot on the Lesley Dolphin show on Friday afternoons at 2.30pm on Radio Suffolk. On Friday 12 June I'll be talking about a creating your own 'Suffolk Cando' poem - that's a cross between a limerick and a haiku. I've created these as part of the Make Do & Friends project for Suffolk Artlink & the Rural Coffee Caravan to help celebrate Suffolk Day on 21 June. You can read more about how to create your own Suffolk Cando on this pdf (click here to download).



The new edition of THE GRIT is now available. I wrote the book with Jack Rose in 1997 and it quickly became a local bestseller and has been described as an East Anglian oral history classic.

This 2019 edition of The Grit has been comprehensively revised and draws on new interviews, documentary evidence and recently discovered manuscripts. Jack died in 2000 but his family gave me full access to his archive, which was also a big help with the new edition. There is also an additional final chapter to bring the story of The Grit up to the present day.

The book has been freshly designed to feature 120 new photographs plus specially-commissioned illustrations by Lowestoft artist  Paula White. You can buy it here.





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